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By Zeeco Inc. on February 20, 2024

ExxonMobil and Zeeco Drive Emissions Reduction with Next-Generation Ultra-low NOx, 100% Hydrogen Ready Burners

  • ExxonMobil and Zeeco, Inc. have announced the launch of next-generation ultra-low NOx, 100% hydrogen ready industrial burners — a groundbreaking solution putting industry on the path to net zero
  • Customers can achieve significant emissions reduction across their operations when these burners are combined with the low-carbon hydrogen ExxonMobil plans to produce from its proposed Baytown project
  • These new burners will be installed at ExxonMobil’s Baytown Complex

    Zeeco and ExxonMobil outside furnace

 SPRING, TX (February 20, 2024) – ExxonMobil and Zeeco, Inc. today announced a strategic alliance to market the ZEECO® FREE JET® Gen 3™ – next-generation ultra-low NOx, 100% hydrogen ready burner. The new burner can significantly lower emissions for industrial manufacturers as they explore fuel switching from natural gas to hydrogen, which could be supplied from ExxonMobil’s planned Baytown low-carbon hydrogen project.

FREE JET Gen 3 100% H2The new burner technology extends burner fuel firing capabilities to 100% hydrogen. Hydrogen is emerging as a low emission fuel because there are no carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at the point of combustion, making it ideal for replacing higher emission fuels.

“This end-to-end solution enables the creation of low-emission products,” said Mark Klewpatinond, Hydrogen Global Business Manager at ExxonMobil. “Zeeco's technology, paired with our low-carbon hydrogen offering, is a pivotal step on society's journey to net zero.”

Industrial burners are similar to those found in a home stove but are much larger and produce the high temperatures required to manufacture fuels, plastics, and other everyday products. Most current burners and facility infrastructure were developed to fire natural gas or other fuels and require significant upgrades to support 100% hydrogen firing. The FREE JET Gen 3 helps bridge that infrastructure gap to provide operators with a tailored solution.

“Zeeco developed the FREE JET Gen 3 burner to meet the growing demand for a reliable high hydrogen burner,” said Eric Pratchard, Director of Burner Products at Zeeco. “Its unique design allows operators the flexibility to fire 100% hydrogen and various hydrogen mixtures. This means facilities can take steps now to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and then completely eliminate CO2 emissions from industrial burners in the future.”

To help lower its emissions, ExxonMobil is installing Zeeco’s FREE JET Gen 3 burners at its Baytown Complex in Texas. ExxonMobil and Zeeco, technology collaborators for over two decades, will continue to develop solutions to help reduce industrial emissions, accelerate society’s path to net zero, and collaborate with heavy industry.

Zeeco and ExxonMobil H2 burner strategic alliance

About Low Carbon Solutions

ExxonMobil’s Low Carbon Solutions is committed to advancing the energy transition and being a part of a lower-emission future. It's leveraging its unique combination of capabilities, including technological expertise and complex project management skills, to focus on carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen and lower emission fuels – which will help provide the world with products that support modern living while reducing emissions for customers.

That work starts with ExxonMobil’s own emissions. ExxonMobil has established accelerated ambitions to achieve net-zero Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions from its operated assets by 2050.* To help achieve that, the company plans to invest more than $20 billion through 2027 with the dual aim of helping reduce emissions at ExxonMobil operations. That investment will also benefit customers in their efforts to reduce emissions.

Low Carbon Solutions leverages the capabilities across ExxonMobil, allowing the team to deliver the largest and highest return solutions: end-to-end offering for a lower-carbon future. This is a new, viable business created to deliver lower emissions and built on ExxonMobil’s advantage to deliver new technologies at scale for our customers.

*Source: ExxonMobil Advancing Climate Solutions Progress Report

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About Zeeco

Founded in 1979, Zeeco has steadily become the world leader in designing and manufacturing advanced combustion and environmental solutions. Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, Zeeco is a privately held business with more than 2,500 employees and 30+ global locations. The company executes 10,000+ projects each year for refining, production, petrochemical, LNG, power, pharmaceutical, biogas, and other industries. ZEECO® products and solutions include ultra-low-NOx burners, flare systems, thermal oxidizers, vapor control, rentals, aftermarket solutions, global field services, and combustion electronics. Zeeco’s comprehensive offering helps customers reduce emissions, optimize processes, and maximize operating efficiency while meeting global environmental compliance requirements. Zeeco also operates the world’s largest combustion research and test facility and a manufacturing facility on a 250-acre campus at its Global Technology Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA.

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